Grape-Growing in the Valley
The broad alluvial meadows that cover the Fraser River valley floor make for ideal dairy-farm conditions. The higher ridges, with their sandy loam and red-clay soils, offer better drainage and sun exposure and lend themselves to grape-growing. The sea-level climate virtually eliminates any danger of the vines freezing in winter. While this region does not enjoy the same warm temperatures as the central and southern Okanagan Valley, the growers here compensate by planting cool climate varieties like Bacchus, Siegerrebe, Kerner, Madeleine Angevine, Zweigelt and Maréchai Foch, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A major benefit for the fruit and grape wineries here is their proximity to the greater Vancouver area, which is less than a 45-minute drive away. This valley is the place for those who love the outdoors, whether it’s cruising on the river or strolling through Campbell Valley Park. Your winery tour starts at Township 7, south of Langley.
Here are four wineries worth visiting in the Fraser Valley.